- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2008

TORONTO (AP) | A 16-year-old captured in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo Bay sobs during his questioning, holding up his wounded arms and begging for help in a video released Tuesday that provided the first glimpse of interrogations at the U.S. military prison.

“Help me,” he cries repeatedly in despair.

The 10 minutes of video - selected by Omar Khadr’s Canadian attorneys from more than seven hours of footage recorded by a camera hidden in a vent - shows Mr. Khadr weeping, his face buried in his hands, as he is questioned by Canadian intelligence agents over four days in 2003. The lawyers hope to pressure Canada into seeking Mr. Khadr’s return.

The video, created by U.S. government agents at the prison in Cuba and originally marked as secret, provides insight into the effects of prolonged interrogation and detention on the Guantanamo prisoner.

A Canadian Security Intelligence Services agent in the video questions Mr. Khadr about events leading up to his capture as an enemy combatant when he was 15. Mr. Khadr, a Canadian citizen, is accused of throwing a grenade that killed one U.S. Special Forces soldier and blinded another during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan. He was arrested after he was found in the rubble of a bombed-out compound - seriously wounded and near death.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, Mr. Khadr’s U.S. military lawyer, said the video shows “a frightened boy” who should be permitted to return to Canada. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Cmdr. J.D. Gordon, denied that Mr. Khadr was mistreated.

A Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs report said Canadian official Jim Gould visited Mr. Khadr in 2004 and was told by the U.S. military that the detainee was moved every three hours to different cells. That technique, dubbed “frequent flyer,” was one of at least two sleep-deprivation programs the U.S. military used against Guantanamo prisoners.

The Supreme Court of Canada in May ordered the Canadian government to hand over key evidence against Mr. Khadr to his legal team to allow a full defense of the U.S. charges against him. In June, a Canadian Federal Court judge ordered the government to release the video to the defense team.



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